About Orfund Foundation
Orfund Foundation is a registered Canadian charity established
in 2004 by of a small group of individuals located in Canada and
elsewhere who share an interest in contributing to orphan and
vulnerable children care in Africa. The children are largely
orphaned or made vulnerable due to AIDS, however, only a small
percentage of the children are born with AIDS.
By drawing upon an extensive network of business contacts and private
individuals in Canada and elsewhere, and utilizing the group’s
intimate knowledge of Africa and in particular the community in
Botswana, Orfund hopes to contribute directly to on-the-ground
programs that immediately benefit those in most need of help – the
orphaned and vulnerable children of Africa.
To fulfill its purpose, Orfund Foundation:
- Provides orphans and vulnerable children with relief from poverty
and illness through the provision of daily meals, access to medical
services, clothing, blankets, books, toys and assistance to start up
and maintain vegetable gardens;
- Provides for the advancement of orphans’ and vulnerable children’s
education through the establishment and support of community based
day care and pre school centres. Orfund’s support includes the
training of teachers as well as the other skills required to run a
small organization such as accounting and book keeping;
- Protects the welfare of children by working with governments and
other international aid organizations to strengthen child welfare,
inheritance and property laws and by providing a properly
supervised, safe environment at community based day care and pre
school centers where orphans and vulnerable children have a chance
to gain experience and develop skills to cope with day to day
- Provides trauma and other counseling services to orphans and
vulnerable children and their caregivers.
- Botswana suffers from the highest HIV/AIDS rate in the world, with
close to 40% of adults infected. However, the government, unlike
some other African countries, has acknowledged the situation and is
committed to fighting the problem, including a unique program of
routine testing and free drug treatment. Botswana’s approach to
prevention of mother-to-child HIV transmission is globally
recognized for its innovative and grassroots approach.
- With a relatively small population of about 2 million people,
innovative programs in Botswana have a chance to make an impact, and
perhaps provide a workable model for other African nations.
- The Bookbinder family has been in Africa for over 40 years, much
of that in Botswana. The family is well connected in government,
business and community circles and in a position to assist with
programs that will provide the most immediate benefit to the
country’s large population of orphans and vulnerable children.